Shamika Ravi

The writer is research director, Brookings India.

Articles By Shamika Ravi

We need many more women in the field of economics

It is crucial for young girls to have female mentors because research shows that it encourages them to persevere ahead, despite difficulties.

Economic growth requires protection from expropriation of property by individuals, State

In a mature democracy, rights of an individual vis-à-vis the state are protected by an independent judiciary. This act of undoing a Supreme Court judgment was an assault on the individual right to private property.

A problem of measurement

There is neither credible evidence of a jobs crisis in India, nor of its absence.

Why EVMs are win-win

Data shows electronic voting machines provide fair elections, which helps improve public utility provisions, reduces crime

India’s suicide problem

Response to the crisis of farmer suicides is narrowly focused. Poor health accounts for most suicides, necessitating improved access to healthcare rather than special packages

The inclusion project

Jan Dhan Yojana is a remarkable achievement. But financial inclusion must be more ambitious and look beyond bank accounts.

Making it work

Restructure the MGNREGS to raise overall efficiency and gains to rural households.

Missing women leaders

If parties do not nurture them, women’s political representation will remain tokenistic

No monkey business

Why ‘right to entrepreneurship’, promised by Congress manifesto, is a bad idea.